October 2017 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

21 Oct 2017, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Slate for VVPA candidates

Ben Bernouy – President
Katie Brennan – 2nd VP
Joanna Arcieri – Secretary


Poltergeist – Martin Casella, actor in the film will talk about his experience making the movie with Steven Spielberg; on Oct 20th

Halloween Party on Oct 31st

Candidate Forums

DCNA held Ward E debate last night (10/17); about 200 people; moderated by Terrence McDonald with a list of 15 people

Yvonne Balcer is videotaping and editing the events so that the downtown neighborhood associations can post them

There is a FB Live video on the VVPA page


VVPA participated with a show in Barrow Mansion; they sold some art this year (vs. none last year); Maria curated a great show with help from great volunteers

Holiday Party will be at Barrow Mansion on Dec 9th

Construction and Planning Update

328 Montgomery (Sol Azteca): they need another set of architecture plans so they are likely

380 Montgomery (St. Bridget’s Renovation): all the comments have been passed on to their lawyer; what are the community givebacks – hard to do that for a project that is as of right, particularly one that is a contributing part of the historic district – doing that alone is basically a giveback; where we can make an impact is where they asked us to give feedback – how do they use the lower floor (as a community space? An event space? A grocery store?) – there are no dumb ideas; send an email to the VVPA website; Gary is the main contact on that particular project

108 Wayne Street: that project is on hold

102 Wayne Street (Old bodega on Wayne street): gonna turn into a cafe; we may see this in the next month or 2 but they are doing everything in accordance with the ordinance; they cannot be open beyond a certain time period

Sol Aztec’s old spot: there is a new tenant there with a temporary certificate of occupancy but they’re in violation of the historic district ordinances; if this continues to be a problem, we will escalate this within the city

198 Wayne Street: an amendment to the Dixon Crucible study area

Scattered site RDP: made and designed to save and preserve old buildings from being demolished

Liberty Harbor North: they’re going to start next phase of construction at 88 Regent; everything they’re doing is in the redevelopment plan; Tom has asked him to give an update to VVPA and also on the corner building (debris falling into people’s yards).

At Large Representatives

Esther Wintner

Esmerelda Trinidad

Joyce Watterman

Rolando Lavarro

Brian Lane


Nick Chiarovallotti

Angela McKnight

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